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Assertiveness Quotes


Top 20 Assertiveness Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)

If I am not for myself who is for me? If I am only for myself what am I? And If not now, when?,

- Hillel the Elder, Jewish religious leader (110BC - 10AD).



No 2Assertiveness Quotes

Get up, stand up

Stand up for your rights

Get up, stand up

Never give up the fight.

- Bob Marley (pictured right above) Jamaican reggae musician (from his 1973 song, Get up, Stand up)



No 3Assertiveness Quotes

I’m tired of being shoved.

- Will Kane (Gary Cooper),pictured right, in the 1952 film High Noon



No 4Assertiveness Quotes

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) American civil rights campaigner,pictured right


She also says:

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one



No 5Assertiveness Quotes

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.

- Betty Friedan (1921-2006), pictured right, American feminist.



No 6Assertiveness Quotes

Live by yes and no - yes to everything good, no to everything bad.

- Erich Fromm (1900-80), German-born American psychiatrist and philosopher (pictured right)



No 7

You have the right to say no without feeling guilty

- Manuel Smith, American assertiveness writer



No 8Assertiveness Quotes

Everybody born on this earth is somebody, and nobody, no matter what colour, is better than anybody else,

- Mildred D. Taylor (1943- ), American writer, pictured right - Mama (to Cassie) in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.



No 9Assertiveness Quotes

There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression.

- Martin Luther King (1929-68), pictured right (supporting the bus boycott in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 - see quote 10)



No 10Assertiveness Quotes

The only tired I was, was tired of giving in,

- Rosa Parks (1913-2005), pictured right (after her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 leading to the bus boycott and the American civil rights campaign).



No 11Assertiveness Quotes

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

- Malcolm X (1925-65) American civil rights leader,pictured right

 Assertiveness Quotes

The American boxer, Muhammad Ali (1942- ), pictured right, agrees:

I don’t have to be what you want to be; I’m free to be what I want.



No 12Assertiveness Quotes

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

- Albert Camus (1913-60), French philosopher and writer,pictured right



No 13Assertiveness Quotes

The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behaviour affect the rights and well being of others.

- Sharon Anthony Bower, American assertiveness expert, pictured right



No 14Assertiveness Quotes

Assertiveness is not what you do, it’s who you are.

- Shakti Gawain (1948- ), American personal development expert, pictured right



No 15Assertiveness Quotes

Happiness and self-confidence come naturally when you feel moving and progressing toward becoming the very best person you can possibly be.

- Brian Tracy (1944- ), Canadian personal development expert (pictured right)


No 16Assertiveness Quotes

 Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes

 - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) American humanitarian and diplomat (pictured right) 



No 17Assertiveness Quotes

Never say the yes you don't mean, but the no you always meant.

Carol Rumens (1944- ) British poet, pictured right



No 18Assertiveness Quotes

It is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.

- R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), American architect, engineer and inventor,pictured right.


No 19Assertiveness Quotes

Here I stand; I can do no other.

- Martin Luther (1483-1546), German theologian, pictured right (stating his opposition to the Roman Catholic Church at the Diet of Worms in 1521).



No 20Assertiveness Quotes

An obligation which goes unrecognized by anybody loses none of the full force of its existence. A right which goes unrecognized by anybody is not worth very much.

- Simone Weil (1909–43), French philosopher, pictured right

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